My Favorite Gmail Plugin to Enhance Productivity

Gmail IconAdding some plugins to Gmail can transform it from an ordinary email program into a productivity powerhouse. Today, I’m going to show you one of my favorites. I’ll share more with you in future posts.

Boomerang for Gmail lets you take control of when you send and receive email messages in Chrome/Firefox/Safari. Boomerang is available for mobile devices, too. Here are some of its features:

Send an email later.

With Boomerang, you can write an email now and schedule it to be sent automatically at the perfect time. You write the message as you normally would, then click the Send Later button. Use the handy calendar picker or our text box that understands language like “next Monday” to tell Boomerang when to send your message.

This feature allows you to create the email when you think of it and know it will be sent at the correct time. Instead of thinking you’ll create and send it later and forgetting. 🙂

How do I Send Later

Set followup reminders.

Want a cleaner inbox, but don’t want to lose track of important messages? Use Boomerang to take messages out of your inbox until you actually need them. Just click the Boomerang button when you have an email open, and choose when you need it again. Boomerang will archive the message. At the time you chose, Boomerang will bring it back to your inbox, marked unread, starred, or even at the top of your message list.

This really helps get me closer to Inbox Zero. If I don’t have the time to deal with a message right now, I can “get rid of it”, knowing it will come back and I haven’t lost it forever.

Remind you if you don’t hear back.

There are times you need to make sure you follow up within a specific time frame after sending a message. You can select to only be reminded if nobody replies, or regardless. This way you won’t let messages slip through the crack and will never forget to follow up with people.

I use this feature all the time. How often do you send a request for information or a meeting time to someone who doesn’t reply for whatever reason. When I send the message, I can tell Boomerang to bring it back to my Inbox after a few days if there’s no response. I can also bounce a message back to my Inbox right before a meeting with someone where the email message has useful info for the meeting.

Boomerang Basic is free for all Gmail and Google Apps accounts and gives you 10 message credits per month. A Personal plan allows unlimited messages and the Professional plan adds the ability to create recurring messages.

Check out Boomerang for Gmail.

Leave a comment and let me know if you find this plugin useful.